If you have dark hair growing around your nipples, you’re not alone. Many women have a few nipple hairs on their breasts, especially as they approach their menopausal years. Dark hair on the nipples can occur due to hormonal fluctuations related to menopause or perimenopause. Although nipple hairs are not usually a cause for concern from a medical standpoint, if you have numerous dark nipple hairs, it could indicate excessive androgen production, the typical “male” hormones that women also produce. This can be a sign of a medical condition known as polycystic ovary disease. If you have an abundance of hair on the nipples or hair growing in other atypical areas particularly if you have irregular periods, it’s best to check with your doctor.
If you find those dark nipple hairs to be embarrassing or annoying, what’s the best way to remove them? Although many women resort to shaving the hair on nipples, this is usually not a good idea. The act of shaving this delicate area can cause the hair follicles to become obstructed which can cause a sebaceous cyst to form beneath the skin in the areolar region around the nipple. A cyst of this type can feel like a breast mass which may end up requiring a full workout or even a biopsy. Although this type of cyst is benign, who wants to undergo such a scare?
Other options for removing nipple hairs include the use of depilatories, plucking, waxing, or having them removed by electrolysis. Because this area is so sensitive, you, again, run the risk of irritation and obstruction of the follicle which could lead to a sebaceous cyst. Even more concerning is the potential for an infection to occur in a follicle irritated by plucking, shaving, or the use of a depilatory. Plus, you can imagine how painful it must be to use tweezers to pluck those dark nipple hairs.
What other options are available for dealing with dark hair on the nipples? The safest, least irritating choice would be to use manicure scissors to very carefully, trim each hair as close to its surface as possible. It may be helpful to straighten the hair by pulling it taut with a pair of tweezers and then use small manicure scissors to clip it. The drawback is that the hair will grow back fairly quickly since you haven’t removed the root. On the other hand, you won’t have to deal with potential nipple irritation or a sebaceous cyst.
Before resorting to shaving, plucking, or waxing, try trimming those dark nipple hairs first. They’ll be a lot less noticeable.